Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Perspectives

Time to Reset Expectations?

Global markets have been relatively calm this summer despite many uncertainties. Geopolitical risks have continued across the globe, and in some areas, looming monetary policy changes also appear likely. A key question for many investors is whether the sleepy summer period of low volatility will give way to a more turbulent autumn. Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders offer their perspective on the markets and discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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Perspectives

Uncharted Terrain: Today’s Global Market Drivers

Despite some uncertainties, economic improvements in developed and emerging markets have supported a positive mood across both equity and fixed income this year. However, with some risks on the horizon, many investors are wondering whether the tide may turn. Against this backdrop, Franklin Templeton’s senior investment leaders discuss where they see opportunities and risks ahead.

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Alternatives

Sand Piles and Markets

"The markets are decidedly interconnected. We are linked globally in a complex and layered loom of investments, debt, trade, resources, international business, finance and currency.” Brooks Ritchey, K2 Advisors

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Multi-Asset

Fourth-Quarter Hedge Fund Strategy Outlook: K2 Advisors

K2 Advisors seeks to add value through active portfolio management, tactical allocation and diversification across four main hedge strategies: ...

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Multi-Asset

Politics, Policies and Market Resiliency

This year has been one full of uncertainty and surprises on many fronts. While the United States has been embroiled in pre-presidential election ...

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Multi-Asset

US Monetary Policy: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director at K2 Advisors®, Franklin Templeton Solutions®, pays homage to the late Yogi Berra in this piece about ...

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Alternatives

Shrugging Along

Since the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, it seems like many markets have gone nowhere but up—most notably in the United States. Brooks ...

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Equity

Optimism, Pessimism and Opportunity

Given that the S&P 500 has been on a tear since 2008, logging double-digit returns in five of the past six years, and US Treasury rates remain ...

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Alternatives

2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities

We continue to favor equities in emerging Asia over emerging Latin America due to what we view as stronger corporate fundamentals and attractive valuations.

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Alternatives

Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age

Brooks Ritchey, Senior Managing Director at K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, examines the merits of portfolio diversification when ...

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Equity

A Balanced Look at Equity, Fixed Income Fundamentals—and Oil Price Fears

As we approach the final days of the year, major US equity benchmarks appear to be heading toward positive performance for 2014, largely ...

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Alternatives

QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem with Economic Growth

What do quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity have to do with global central bank policy? Years of aggressive central bank policies ...